The Cradlewell pub has been closed for quite a while now.
To give you an idea of how long I mean by 'quite a while', well, just before it closed (and for a long time afterwards) it said on the blackboard outside (or do we have to say 'chalkboard' these days?) that they were broadcasting the Newcastle-Sunderland derby at 2pm. And it was talking about last time Newcastle played Sunderland before Newcastle were relegated. And Newcastle were relegated in May 2009... so that match must have been about two years ago now.
So the pub's been closed quite some time.
I was on the bus a month or so back, sitting behind a woman chatting on her mobile phone. And as we went past, she looked at the Cradlewell, and said to whoever she was chatting to 'oh, the Cradlewell's closed!'
They've recently put those fetching steel shutters on the windows, so it's more obvious recently than it was before, but still.
Yes, it closed. Two years ago :)
It wouldn't be so bad if she hadn't sounded a) surprised and b) upset by this turn of events :)